Katerina's story: Navigating anxiety and school supports
Katerina's teenaged daughter, Nanette, has struggled with increased anxiety since the lockdowns. When Nanette transitioned to high school, her anxiety intensified. Katerina asked if we can assist with her efforts to secure a full time teacher aide so that Nanette can receive extra support in managing her anxiety and navigating the challenges of high school.
Alt text: A mum with a book on her lap and her daughter hugging her.
Susiana's story: a family embracing learning and growth
Susiana is 8-years-old and lives with her parents and her five-year-old brother. She loves sticker books and takes a lot of pride in showing her impressive sticker collection to anyone who visits their home.
Susiana is an autistic individual, and her dad shared that this often leads to behaviours that are challenging to others, causing significant stress within the family. Recently, they've been struggling to support Susiana's literacy programmes that are making a positive impact on her.
Alt text: Photo of a smiling Indian family, consisting of two parents and two young children. The parents are wearing traditional Indian clothes. The Taikura Trust brand is on the upper right hand corner of the image.
Whānau ora story: Regaining balance in tough times
“I would normally call myself a resilient person, but the flash flooding caught us off guard and the damage it caused to my home did make us feel like our whare tapawhā became unbalanced,” said Mereana.
Alt text: Two young girls sitting on an armchair while using an iPad.
Whānau Ora: Supporting Natia's aiga to rebuild
Natia's mum sleeps in the sleepout, which was damaged by the floods. Her family was able to receive support from government agencies to replace some of Granny's essential items. However, the funding cannot be used to replace her damaged bed.
Alt text: Image of an eldelry Pacific Islander woman smiling. She is wearing a floral top. The image contains the text: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou, ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
Bayley's story: A helping hand to access vital services
When Bayley's son, Ike, was struggling to access the services he needed, it was a stressful time for the family. However, their situation improved significantly after they received support from Taikura Trust
Alt text: Mum cuddling and kissing her young son.
Whānau Ora: Justin's fundraiser
We came across Justin when he was quite ill with Covid, during the Auckland Anniversary flooding. One of our Whānau Ora team reached out to his mum, Christine, had a long kōrero with her and listened so deeply that Christine completely opened up and shared the creative ways they cope in times of difficulty.
Alt text: Justin dressed as King Neptune at a community fundraising event for Cancer.
Praneeta's story: Carer support and a cuppa
Flexible Carer Support gave Praneeta much needed respite, and a creative outlet for her 12 year old son, Ishaan.
Alt text: A picture of a mum wearing a black blazer and pants. She is adjusting the collar of her son's coat.
Whānau Ora: Nell and her wellbeing
Nell lives alone in her Kainga Ora flat, which was severely damaged by the Auckland Anniversary floods. The disruption and uncertainty caused by the event added to her existing stress and anxiety, exacerbating her mental health issues. She felt on edge and concerned that she might need to evacuate at short notice, which only heightened her feelings of distress.
Alt text: Image of a woman in dark green top smiling with her eyes downcast. She is wearing a greenstone koru necklace. The image contains the text: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou, ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
Looking for businesses run by disabled people? Check out our new Disability Entrepreneurs page on our Info Hub.
Whānau Ora: Here for people navigating disability, work and crisis
Martha and her husband work full-time to financially support their three boys, who require a significant amount of care for their high and complex disability needs. Recently, their family computer, which was crucial for managing their support network, was destroyed in a flood. FInd out how we supported the family to get back on track.
Alt text: Mother smiling at teenaged son, who is holding her hands. The image contains the text: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou, ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
Whānau Ora: Supporting Maru to access practical support
Maru had lived in Australia all her life. In her teens, she developed a neurological condition which severely impacted her mobility. Unable to access publicly-funded care in the country, she made the difficult decision to move back to New Zealand to receive health and disability support. Recently, her family was affected by flooding and were struggling to mobilise assistance from other agencies as they were all focused on Maru's care. Find out how we supported the whānau during this challenging time.
Alt text: Young Māori female wearing an orange hoodie. The image is set against a background of black with a purple and yellow Māori design motif. The image contains the text: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou, ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
Hanna and her daughters: Supporting flood affected whānau
Hardship can happen to anyone. For the people we support, it may seem like there's no help available.
Our Whānau Ora team have an extensive network of services, agencies and providers in the community. We can connect disabled people and their whānau to these supports to meet their needs
Alt text: Stock image of a mum sitting alongside a young child playing with a colourful wire maze toy.
NZ Claims Resolution Service
Natural disaster insurance claims can be complex, stressful and confusing. The New Zealand Claims Resolution Service (NZCRS) is here to help homeowners find resolution by providing access to advice, case management where appropriate and legal, engineering and wellbeing support, tailored to their individual needs.
Alt text: People signing paperwork.
More accessible options for Census 2023
This year, you can answer the Census survey questions in Braille, audio, Large Print, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), Easy Read and in a language you prefer.
Alt: Census 2023 graphic in purple. Contains the message "Census is coming. Be counted. Tatau tātou- all of us count. Census/Stats NZ"
Be ready. Me whakarite.
Make a storm and flood preparedness list.
Alt text: Graphic in yellow with Taikura Trust logo. Graphic contains text 'Get ready. Me whakarite.'
Our connectors/kaitūhono with Prime Minister Chris Hipkins at Mangere
Our team shared with the PM the mahi we have done onsite and across Civil Defence Centres in Tāmaki Makaurau over the past four days, supporting disabled people/tāngata whaikaha and their whānau with disability needs, and much more
Alt text: Our kaitūhono in neon orange hi-vis outfit having a kōrero with PM Chris Hipkins at the Mangere Leisure Centre.
We are available at Civil Defence Centres
We'll provide specialist disability support, advice, and more to disabled people and families staying at evacuation hubs.
Alt text: Matt at the Kelston CDC.
Needing flood support?
Flood support for disabled people, tāngata whaikaha and tagata sa'ilimalo.
Alt text: Image of person walking alongside their bicycle in flooded area.
How to use Carer Support and Individualised Funding during the holidays
Carer Support and Individualised Funding (IF) are great options to ensure the disabled person continues to receive support during the holidays.
Alt text: Graphic contains message 'How to use Carer Support and Individualised Funding during the holidays. You can use it just like any other time of the year to pay for disability-related supports.' Graphic contains image of a smiling teen wearing red sweater putting Christmas decorations.
Carer support claims cut off date 5 December
Message from Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People: Send your Carer Support claims by Monday 5 December 2022 so you can get your reimbursements before Christmas.
Alt text: Whaikaha logo in purple background with faded tohu design, a series of parallel lines with intersecting curved elements.
Close down dates 2022
We will close for the festive season from Friday 23 December 2022 at 5pm. We will re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2023. Read our FAQ on how to manage your supports during the festive season.
Alt text: A wreathe adorned with red pohutukawa and yellow kowhai flowers. A single tui is perched on it. The design contains the message: Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi mō te tau hou. Merry Christmas and Season’s greetings for the New Year.
'Down for Love' contributors wanted
Kia ora to our community. The producers of TVNZ's Down for Love has asked us to share this casting call with you. If you're interested to be part of their show, please contact them directly.
Alt text: Down for Love TV poster featuring three young adults holding flowers.
Waiheke disability community hui 29 Oct
We're holding a disability community hui on Waiheke Island on 29 October and we'll be asking what can make life better for disabled people on Waiheke Island and their families.
Alt text: Cartoon graphics of different representations of disabled people. Graphic has three main colours depicting water (blue), sand (brown) and land (green). There is a Taikura Trust logo on the image.
Transition Expo 2022
It was great to be part of this year’s Transition Expo, organised by Disability Connect. The expo connects young people to employment services, education and training providers, disability providers and government agencies.
Alt text: Two of our community engagement team members setting up our stall booth with Taikura Trust branded freebies like bags, hand sanitisers.
Covid antiviral medicine are easier to access for more people
Fight off the worst side-effects of Covid and reduce the likelihood of getting hospitalised. Find out if you're eligible for Covid antiviral drugs.
Alt: Image of person holding medicine tablets on one hand.
Haere mai, Minister Poto Williams!
It was an honour to have Minister Poto Williams visit us last week. She was joined by our operational entity chair Barry de Geest, board member Bernice Mene, CEO Sonia Hawea and the rest of our executive management team.
Alt text: An image taken from the Minisiter's visit. From left to right is Sonia, the Minister for Disability Issues Hon Poto Williams, Barry and Bernice.
Igniting our Māori cultural competency
Two years ago, our leaders gifted us with an opportunity to take part in Te Kaa Māori Cultural Competency courses. Since then, we’ve had 33 Te Kaa graduates, and this month, another group of cohort is taking part in this empowering experience.
Alt text: Around 10 Taikura employees are sat on a semi circle formation. They are looking at a Te Kaa facilitator who is standing beside a large screen. The facilitator is talking about Māori pronunciation.
Community connection: Suyuan's story
Suyuan and her family are going through trying times. They had just recovered from the flu when they caught COVID. Her husband recently lost his job and her mother-in-law has moved in with them due to financial difficulties.
She and her husband have twin daughters and their youngest son, Erwin, is autistic. Suyuan has long been searching for skilled support workers for Erwin, with no luck.
Alt text: Image of a mum wearing a pink shirt and eyeglasses. She is holding closely to her a young smiling child. The image is set against a design of several colourful strands overlapping, indicating the starting point of a weave design. Graphic contains the message: FREE support for people impacted by COVID.
Community connection: Enele's story
Enele flew back to Auckland from Samoa to spend time with his aiga during school holidays. He came home to find all five of his children, including his wife, have COVID. He said it’s only a matter of time before he gets COVID too and their food and medicine supply to run out.
Alt text: An image of a smiling man wearing a gray shirt. Beside him is a young child cupping her hand as she happily whispers something in his ear. The image is set against a design of several colourful strands overlapping, indicating the starting point of a weave design. Graphic contains the message: FREE support for people impacted by COVID.
FREE face mask and RAT kits
Please get in touch with us if you and your family/whānau need support to access FREE RAT kits and face masks.
Alt text: A picture of a woman in a red shirt and wearing a face mask. She is dotingly looking at a young boy seated on her lap. The image is set against a background of light blue and green. The word Tiaki is on the lower left hand side corner of the image.
Community connection: Jayvee's story
Jayvee said COVID hit his family hard and that some of them still feel unwell after their isolation period. Both his wife and youngest daughter, who is autistic, have persistent coughs and low energy.
Although supports are available to assist people during COVID, Jayvee found it hard to ask for help. When he finally thought about getting assistance, he didn’t know where to start or what he could get.
Alt text: A joyful image of an Asian family huddled together, all of them wearing matching maroon tops. The image is set against a design of several colourful strands overlapping, indicating the starting point of a weave design.
Watch the launch of the new Ministry for Disabled People on 1 July
Our new Ministry will be virtually launched on 1 July. Attitude Pictures will be broadcasting it on their website www.attitudelive.com.
Motor Neurone Disease awareness month: Jamielyn's Story
June is Motor Neurone Disease (MND) awareness month. We are sharing Jamielyn's story who was diagnosed with MND three years ago.
Alt text: Image of one of our connector case managers, who support people like Jamielyn. Image contains the message: Motor Neurone Awareness Month. MND is a progressive condition that needs agility from people providing support. Our skilled teams have a special passion for bringing different strands of support together to meet people's changing needs
Whānau ora: Marjorie, Eva and Julia's story
Marjorie has two daughters—7-year-old Eva and 5-year-old Julia who has takiwātanga/autism. Looking back at how lockdowns affected the whānau, Marjorie said the lack of space at home, and breaks from each other, also deeply impacted Eva’s emotional wellbeing.
Alt text: Image of a smiling adult woman with two daughters. Image contains the message Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
Whānau ora: Jesibel and Edward's story
The disruptions caused by COVID over the past two years have made life harder for many whānau, and more so for single parents caring after tāngata whaikaha/disabled people.
Alt text: Image of a smiling woman giving a young smiling boy a big embrace. The image contains the message: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
We thought that we'd celebrate family members who look after disabled loved ones, and recognise the valuable contribution they make to people and communities throughout Aotearoa.
We're also sharing the story of two parents whose caregiving relationship with their son shifted greatly because of COVID and how we've supported them in their journey.
Alt text: Image of a female carer supporting a young man to engage with some educational resources. The design contains the message: Carer appreciation week. The design is set against a rich purple background with a yellow orb behind the carer and young man.
Carer support: get to know it
Carer Support is a disability subsidy currently provided by the Ministry of Health. It is reimbursement for costs to pay someone else to look after a person living with a disability. This means the main carer can take some time out for themselves.
Alt text: Image of a male carer playing and carrying a young boy laughing. The design contains the message: Carer Support-get to know it. The design is set against a rich purple background with a yellow orb behind the carer and child.
Whānau ora: Heda and May's story
Heda's daughter, May, only had one school uniform which they washed as soon as she gets home so it could be dry and ready the next day.
Through our partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri, we were able to purchase a complete set of uniform for May. Heda said the additional support meant a lot and helped alleviate the stress of preparing May's uniform, especially after a long day at work.
Alt text: Image of a smiling woman with a teenaged daughter embracing her from behind. The image contains the message: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
Whānau Ora: Connie and Vic's story
Vic lost his mahi/work as a factory line worker during the pandemic. Connie his mother said that Vic had been feeling “unproductive and aimless” over the past two years and that COVID disrupted all the progress he had made towards being independent. Connie said she and her partner are still supportive of Vic reimagining his future. Find out how we provided additional layers of support for Connie and Vic across a range of challenges and needs.
Alt text: Image is a moment caught between mum and an adult son laughing together. Mum has her arm around her son and he is looking at his mum. The image contains the message: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou ki te tautoko i a koe. We are here to support you.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day 19 May 2022
"When our founding members started Taikura, they had a vision for an inclusive Aotearoa and they set a new standard in the disability sector – a governing partnership between disabled people, Mana Whenua and Pacific peoples. It set Taikura apart from the rest then, and it does now.”
- Sonia Hawea, CEO Taikura Trust.
Alt text: Photo of young woman sitting down and smiling. Image contains the message: Global Accessibility Awareness Day 19 May. On the lower left hand corner is the Taikura Trust brand name and the Accessibility Tick logo, which is a blue circle with a green tick mark inside it.
Whānau Ora: Gretchen and Piolo's story
Meet Lisa--one of our outreach coordinators who reach out to tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau, and listen to their kōrero about how COVID impacted them. We use a whānau-centred approach to support people and work through challenges made worse by COVID.
Alt text: Image of a smiling young woman wearing a call centre headset (our Whānau Ora team safely supports people over the phone). The image contains the message: Whānau Ora. Kei konei mātou ki te āwhina i a koe. We are here to help you.
New Zealand Sign Language Week 9-15 May
Let's celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week by learning a sign language everyday. A good one to know is how to sign the word TEXT.
Alt text: An image of a young woman signing the word "Text" (Note that this image is from one of many useful resources you can find on the New Zealand Sign Language Week website). The design contains the message New Zealand Sign Language Week 9-15 May.
We provide FREE Community Connection Services
If you are self-isolating because of COVID or have been impacted by COVID and need additional assistance, we can support you.
Alt text: Several colourful strands overlap, indicating the starting point of a weave design. Design contains the message: We provide FREE support for people who need assistance because of COVID.
Whānau Ora: Amanda and Andy's story
(File photo: Pexels)
COVID significantly impacted Amanda and her family's financial resilience. Spending more time with her son Andy, who has autism, during lockdowns also escalated her concerns about his antisocial behaviour towards some groups of people.
Lalaga session: Individualised Funding
Our final Lalaga session is on Zoom on Wednesday 27 April 2022, and we'll be talking about Individualised Funding (IF).
Whānau Ora: Kei konei mātou ki te tautoko i a koe/We are here to support you
We feel honoured that we can continue our partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), and this time, scale up our efforts in providing holistic support for tāngata whaikaha Māori.
(File photo by Blake Cheek on Unsplash)
As Autism Acceptance month (April) comes to a close, we'd like to celebrate the importance of ordinary life outcomes for all individuals. Ordinary life outcomes is one of the principles of enabling good lives and we are committed to listening and understanding how people and families want to be supported to live ordinary lives in their community.
Lalaga session: CICL
We’re doing a second Lalaga session on Zoom on 6 April from 6pm to 7.30pm, and this time we’ll be talking about Choices in Community Living.
Free flu vaccine for Māori and Pasifika age 55 to 64
Take advantage of this benefit which is currently available this year only.
Ukraine crisis counselling support
If you are feeling anxious about the Ukraine crisis, there are many services out there you can go to and talk about your feelings.
Abby's end-of-life story
Wherever people are in their journey, we work with them, their whānau and the people who know them best to create the support they need, including the care they want as they approach their end-of-life.
We are sharing Abby’s palliative care story—her determination to keep her mana even on the final stages of her life and the remarkable aroha her friends, whānau and supporters surrounded her until the very end.
Lalaga information evenings
For our Pacific brothers and sisters: if you know someone with a disability or is caring for a loved one with a disability, we can tell you about useful disability supports that can give flexibility, choice and control in life.
Make use of these MSD benefits, even if you're not on the benefit
Here are some financial support options you can explore during these challenging times.
Phase 3: updated close contact info and self-isolation guide
Let us help you understand better what Phase 3 means and what you can do to slow down the spread of COVID.
The Big Boost: COVID vaccine boosters are available for you, Aotearoa!
If you are 18 years and over, and you had your second vaccination at least 3 months ago, get your booster today.
Be prepared. Make a COVID-19 plan.
With Omicron cases now in the community, it’s much more likely that you and your whānau will be exposed to the virus. Here's what to expect and what you can do to prepare for self-isolation.
Kai with Kindness
Kai with Kindness provided food parcels to individuals and whānau to provide some festive joy. Taikura Trust was privileged to help deliver some of these and take part in some touching moments in the community.
Vaccination for 5 to 11 years
Pending Medsafe and Cabinet approval, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to 5 to 11-year-olds (using the child version of the Pfizer vaccine) is expected to be from mid-January 2022, using existing vaccination delivery methods like primary care, vaccination centres, pop-up events and outreach activities. Primary care will play a vital role, given existing trusted relationships with families.
Christmas presents from disability enterprises
Looking for cool Christmas presents? Here are some disability enterprises for you to consider supporting if you are looking for gift inspiration this Christmas, or any time you want to give a gift that has real meaning.
Dial it down!
The Human Rights Commission’s new Dial if Down campaign aims to dial down the hostility around COVID-19 and keep the kōrero flowing. The campaign is a reminder that we’re in a better position to support a public health response if we can keep the channels of communication open.
90% First dose coverage for Auckland DSS users
As of last week, 90% of Disability Support Service users across all Auckland DHBs have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. It’s an incredible milestone for the disability community and demonstrates the importance of using people-centred and community-based resources in lifting equity for people. But the goal is to get even more disabled people vaccinated.
Disability vaccination event in Otara
Southseas, Te Roopu Waiora, Tofa Mamao Collective and Taikura Trust have partnered to create an event that is aimed at supporting disabled people and their whanau to be vaccinated.
2021 festive season closure dates
We will close for the festive season from Friday 24 December 2021 at 12 noon. We will re-open on Wednesday 5 January 2022. Read our frequently asked questions on how you can manage your services during the holidays.
Disabled Māori undecided about getting the vaccine-- get vaccinated!
"If you're scared, just close your eyes and count to five, and before you know it's over." Wise words from Lauren for those who are concerned about getting the vaccine.
Lauren is one of the people supported by Te Roopu Taurima and they recently launched ‘Werohia mō to whanau/Do it for your whānau’ campaign aimed at raising awareness for disabled people and their carers/whānau on the importance of getting vaccinated.
3 December is International Day for Persons with Disabilities
Today we wear purple to celebrate International Day for Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” We look forward to continue playing our part. Learn how we supported tāngata whaikaha in Tāmaki Makaurau throughout the pandemic, our successes and plans for beyond.
How was your COVID-19 testing experience?
Regular testing for COVID-19 is part of everyday life now, and you have a chance to tell the Ministry of Health what was good about your testing experience and what could be better. Survey closes on 16 December and will only take around 5 minutes to complete.
Live Facebook event for the disability community: What's concerning you most about getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Do you have any questions about how the COVID-19 vaccine interacts with certain medications or medical condition? What are the barriers preventing you from getting vaccinated? This live Facebook event for the disability community is designed to help you make an informed decision about the vaccine. Send us your questions now so a panel of experts can help you with your journey.
Tiaki: Protecting tāngata whaikaha from COVID-19
Watch this video to find out how our Tiaki initiative has been supporting the urgent regional response to protect disabled people from COVID-19.
Home and community support workforce advisory
If you're concerned about how the vaccination mandate could affect your home and support services, please communicate with your provider about your needs over the next few months.
Referrals sent during our close down period
All referrals sent to us from 17 December 2021 will be processed when we return from our close down period on 5 January 2022.
Passionate about increasing Māori rates of vaccination
Dr Huhana Hickey, Dr Hu for short, is passionate about ensuring people receive equitable support particularly in the disability sector. That's why she was keen to share her vaccination story with us to encourage others with disabilities to also get their shots.
Home vaccinations helping people with disabilities overcome their needle phobia
When people think of barriers to being vaccinated for disabled people, they often think of something physical like the lack of ramps or other accessibility issues. However, this isn’t always the case-- anxiety and sensory impairments can also present an insurmountable obstacle.
New Ministry for Disabled People
“It’s a dream come true”, “Really excited- this is a key step in the right direction for us”, "We’re building this waka and we’re ready to set sail with whānau and families", "Looking forward to an inclusive government group that brings us together”.
These were just a few of the comments made by members of the disability community following the announcement that a new Ministry for Disabled People will be created, and that the Enabling Good Lives approach to disability support will be expanded nationwide.
Dispelling myths and encouraging young people to be vaccinated
A young disabled youth worker is aiming to boost vaccination levels by sharing her story. “I want to ensure that others follow my lead and get vaccinated so that is why I am sharing my story,” explains Josephine*
*Name has been changed to maintain anonymity.
CheeHoo! podcast for disabled Pasifika: Adjusting to life and lockdowns
On episode 4 of our CheeHoo podcast, find out what is Supported Independent Living and listen to how three Pasifika people living with disabilities are navigating life in lockdown in their bubbles and communities.
Fathers Fono workshop
Fathers Fono is a parenting workshop aimed at bringing Pasifika fathers together and supporting each other to be the best Dads they can be.
Most accessible vaccination sites for Super Saturday
To celebrate Super Saturday we are promoting our most accessible vaccination centres in Auckland. All these sites have priority lanes on entry for those that need support and low sensory options. There will also be sign language interpreters on site at these centres on Super Saturday so you can truly walk-in and won’t need to book one in advance.
Let us in ensure the Digital Strategy for Aoteroa is inclusive. Have your say!
The New Zealand government is developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa. They are seeking feedback on this strategy. We would like to ensure that the disability voice is heard so please read on and see the ways in which you can have your say.
Super Saturday is a nationwide push to help increase our vaccination rates. This will build up to a national day of action for vaccination on Saturday 16 October. There's going to be a friendly competition comparing vaccination rates between areas. We might be a little biased here, but GO, Auckland, GO!
Tiaki by Taikura Trust - breaking down barriers!
Tiaki ensures that people with disabilities are supported during lockdown. We can help organise home vaccinations to those who may not be able to access them otherwise. If you or your loved one needs support give us a call on 0800 824 5872.
Dan's story: I'm fully vaccinated to protect my family and my community
Some people think that because I'm Pasifika and have a disability, I'm disadvantaged. I think that being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 gives me an advantage because I'm able to protect my family and contribute to the community by reducing the spread of the virus.
How did South Auckland cope in Level 4?
Prepare Pacific reports on the attitudes and behaviours of South Auckland
communities during August 2021 Level 4 Lockdown.
Rally your Village
“Rally your Village” is a drive-through vaccination event from Friday 1 October to Monday 4 October, at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.
Get vaccinated today!
Tiaki wants to help protect disabled people against COVID-19 and it’s great to see our Prime Minister support our campaign to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
Minister for Disability Issues supports Tiaki - our vaccine drive to get disabled people jabbed against COVID-19
We are proud to launch Tiaki, our COVID-19 vaccine campaign, aimed at boosting vaccination numbers among Auckland’s disability community.
A podcast with, for and by Pasifika people with disabilities. We get to hear thoughts from our leaders and stories from our Pasifika champions in the community.
Auditory Processing and Functional Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
A three-year Auckland University research is trying to find out if there is a relationship between auditory processing and functional language in children with ASD.
Consultation for the 2023 Disability Survey
On Monday 6 September, Stats NZ will begin consulting on the content of the 2023 Disability Survey. The consultation process runs until Friday 29 October 2021.
Tofa Mamao: Navigating the future, guided by the past
Tofa Mamao social hubs are now available in Wellington and Christchurch. Find out how their supporting Tagata Sa’ili Malo/Pacific disabled people and their aiga to be heard in their communities.
A report: How personal budgets for social services are transforming lives
Individualised Funding (IF) is a rapidly-growing alternative funding model for disability support. IF gives each recipient control of a personal budget they can use to obtain the support services best suited to their individual needs.
This report shows how freedom and the responsibilities of becoming an employer under IF is opening doors and transforming lives.
Carer support updates
From 1 August 2021, Carer Support subsidy has increased slightly. Towards the end of the year, you can claim Carer Support online.
PHAB is a weekly social group for people with disabilities aged 16 and over, where they can develop friendships and learn new skills.
Giving Kiwi Kids with Downs Syndrome a voice
We recently had Sarah Paterson-Hamlin, CEO of UpsideDowns Education Trust, visit us. UpsideDowns Education Trust can provide financial support for children with Downs Syndrome so they can access speech and language therapy, and have a voice.
Our very own digital comms advisor, Natalie Brunzel, talks about how watching the Paralympics captured her imagination and resolve to be an elite athlete, and gives a rare insider view of what happens before qualifying for the Paralympics.
Debbie and Georgia's story: Flexible supports make a big difference in our lives
Because of COVID-19, carer support funding had to quickly transform into a more flexible scheme so carers can still take a break during lockdown. For mother and daughter Debbie and Georgia, having flexibility to use their supports enables them to decide what's best for their family and to reach their goals sooner.
NZSL Interpreter Standards and Workforce review
Consultation with the Deaf community, NZSL Interpreters and other stakeholders is now underway to get feedback on options for setting standards for NZSL Interpreters.
COVID-19 vaccine rollout update: 18 June 2021
From 28 July, Group 4 or around 2 million people in NZ can start getting their COVID-19 vaccine. The rollout is still ahead of schedule and the focus remains on getting those in Group 3 booked and vaccinated, and those in Groups 1 and 2 continuing to get their vaccinations. Everyone in Group 3 will be invited to book their vaccination by the end of July.
Project Mobilise is seeking a diverse range of disabled and non-disabled people for online and in-person workshops across the country. They aim to change attitudes towards disability in Aotearoa.
Sandra's MS journey
30 May is World Multiple Sclerosis Day. People say that MS feels like having less control over your body and future. Sandra tells us about her MS journey and how it was all about finding ways to develop her sense of agency and being in the driving seat when it comes to defining and reaching her goals.
FREE audio described tour for blind and low vision patrons at the Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will start offering FREE audio described exhibition tours for the vision impaired in May starting with the Toi Tū Toi Ora exhibition.
Designing transport infrastructure with a disability lens
Have your say on how to make transport infrastructure better for tāngata whaikaha/people with disabilities.
A report on how NZ can have better digital technology for the health and disability sector
There's a plan to join up all health and disability information systems, so people can get the right care quickly and safely.
COVID-19 vaccine: identify which vaccine group you're in
Here's an online tool for working out which COVID-19 vaccination group you belong to and an overview of the vaccine roll out.
21 March is World Down Syndrome Day. We're helping raise awareness of Down Syndrome and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in our communities by sharing Katherine and Ann's story.
Check out this new transfer system for people with limited mobility
At our first hui of the year, we invited Hapai Transfer System to demonstrate Sit2Sit, a new patient lifter designed to make the transfer of people with limited mobility with ease and dignity.
Early KiwiSaver access allowed for some life-shortening conditions
The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early. The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Planning for adulthood seminar
A seminar aimed at parents and carers of young people with disabilities to support their transition to adulthood.
ATSNZ disability expo: NEW DATES 6 and 7 July
We’re excited to be part of this year’s ATSNZ disability expo. We will join a wide range of assistive technology suppliers and educators who will talk about how tāngata whaikaha/disabled people can improve their daily lives.
COVID-19 vaccine and disabled people
Planning is underway to make sure tangata whaikaha/disabled people, people with chronic illness and staff in residential care are all considered as part of the phased vaccine roll-out across New Zealand.
Report: Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic
Have you seen the report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM)? We thought it astonishingly parallels what we heard, saw and experienced during the pandemic.
The 36th America's Cup and accessibility
The most exciting water race in the world is finally on our own shores. Here are some information about accessibility at the 36th America's Cup race and events, so you can plan ahead and join in the fun.
Activities and programmes for young people with disabilities
The school holidays are upon us! During this time, we often hear families ask what they might be able to spend their Carer Support on. So, we have created a list of various activities and things that your loved one might be interested in participating in.
Our Te Kaa journey
Some of our people in leadership and specialist roles recently completed an intensive 5-day Māori cultural competency course facilitated by Te Kaa. The workshop complements our other initiatives to engage with tangata whenua in a meaningful way, and strategically look for opportunities to create better outcomes for our indigenous people.
Hearing aid fund and care packages
Hearing aid fund is now open for applications. The National Foundation for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is giving away 100 grants in 2021, and each successful applicant will receive up to $500 towards their new hearing aids.
Listening with understanding
Did you know that our needs assessment can take more than one hour to complete? And within that time, our employees need to listen to what people are saying and not saying. But is just listening ever enough?
'Unbreakable' contributors wanted
Kia ora to our community. The producers of TVNZ's Unbreakable has asked us to share this casting call with you. If you're interested to be part of their show, please contact them directly.
The 2020 Special Children's Christmas Party
We are happy to support this year's largest party for special children in Auckland. The goal is to bring holiday joy to children who have a life threatening illness, physical or intellectual impairment, experienced domestic violence, or are living in underprivileged circumstances.
Carer Support and Individualised Funding flexibility extended again until 28 Feb 2021
Flexible use of Carer Support and Individualised Funding (IF) has been extended again until 28 Feb 2021. A friendly reminder to keep the receipts on what you have spent your Carer Support budget on and to make a claim 90 days from the time of purchase. Those with IF can continue to invoice their hosts.
Our festive season closure dates
Our office will close from 12pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 and reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021.
3 December is International Day of People with Disabilities 2020
This year’s theme is 'Not all Disabilities are Visible' and focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of impairments that are not immediately apparent.
2-day symposium for young Pacific and Māori tangata whaikaha
Yes Disability youth group is looking for 15 Pasifika and Māori youth with disabilities who can join them in having a good korero about what needs to happen for our young people to thrive in their cultural identities and communities.
Getting jiggy with Dance Therapy NZ
How do you celebrate getting the whole organisation together for the first time since March? With dancing of course! At our long-awaited in person Tūhono, we invited Dance Therapy NZ to talk to us about how dance and movement can make life richer for tangata whaikaha.
Taikura Trust at the 2020 Transition Expo
In our community, transition expos are about exploring disabled students' options after school. Our Community Engagement team were at the recent Disaiblity Connect Transition Expo. They talked to many young people and whānau on how we can support them through this significant period.
Labour Day closure
We will be closed on Labour Day Monday 26 October, but you can still get in touch with us.
Waitematā DHB Disability Support Advisory Committee - Co-opted members
Waitematā DHB invites applications from disabled people to become co-opted members of its Disability Support Advisory Committee (DiSAC).
Our new referral process
Starting 5 October, please use our new online referral form if you want to know if you can access disability services through us.
An Action Plan to ensure disabled people and people with health conditions have an equal opportunity to access employment.
Our 2019 Year in Review
Our Year in Review captures last year's milestones and has us very optimistic as we plan and work for better engagement with our communities in 2020-2021.
Tofa Mamao website launch
This year the Tōfa Mamao Collective celebrates two years of advancing the voices of the Pacific Disability Community and their lived experiences. They mark the occasion by officially launching their website.
Changes to Funded Family Care 2020
Parents and partners of disabled people with high or very high support needs will be paid for caring for their family members, as the Government acts to restore fairness and dignity. Pay rates for family carers will also increase from the current minimum wage to a pay equity rate of between $20.50 and $25.50.
The Health and Disability System Review - Final report
The Health and Disability System Review is here. The report states that disabled people have not been well-served by the existing health and disability system. It recommends what needs to change to ensure our future system achieves better and more equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders.
New Zealand Health and Disability System Review
The Minister of Health has now received the final New Zealand Health and Disability System Review report. The Review looked at the overall function of the health and disability system and whether the system is balanced towards wellness, access, equity, and sustainability.
Jammies in June
Thousands of kids don't have warm pyjamas to wear in winter. Together, we can change that. Support Jammies in June, a yearly campaign organised by the Middlemore Foundation, that provides warm jammies to kids in need across South Auckland.
Planning for adulthood
A seminar aimed at parents and carers of young people with disabilities to support their transition into adulthood.
Rotoman language week 2020
For the first time, Rotuman Language Week has been included in the Pacific Language Week series. The theme for Rotuman Language week is "Nurturing our Rotuman identity through language and culture".
Samoan language week 2020
Tālofa lava! Afio mai! This year's Samoan Language Week/Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is from Sunday 24 May to Saturday 30 May.
ANZAC day closure
We will be closed on Monday 27 April as we continue to observe ANZAC day, but you can still get in touch with us.
Easter closure dates
We will be closed on Easter Friday 10 April through to Easter Monday 13 April, but you can still get in touch with us.
World Autism Awareness Day
Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day is not lost on us even on Alert Level 4. We thought we'd share with you some resources out there to help people and families living with Autism to thrive during these exceptional times.
Festive season closure dates
Our office will close for the festive season from 5pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.
Vulnerable Children’s Act workshop
A few months ago, we hosted the “Māori Perspective on the Changes to the Vulnerable Children’s Act and the Space that Oranga Tamariki Operates in” workshop at our Mt Wellington office.
Way Finders – Our new service offering
Way Finders is a national Navigation Service funded by ACC that provides free and independent guidance and information to people with ACC claims.
Te fono: Engaging with our Pacific communities
Around 180 Pacific people attended our three-day series of Fono, held in three different places in Auckland, making it the biggest talanoa with Pacific disabled people, carers and families in the history of Taikura Trust.
Meet our PATH and Map illustrators
Meet the people who will bring our clients’ goals and plans to life with their artistry and commitment to give excellent service.
We continue to assess and allocate supports according to people’s needs
Read our official statement in response to the reports on support allocation cuts in the disability sector.
Taikura Trust is first disability group in NZ to receive the Accessibility Tick
Today, Taikura joins Vector, Auckland District Health Board, ACC, Ricoh, Adecco and Sudima Hotels as one of the first Accessibility Tick Holders and the first in the disability sector.
Mental health advice for coping after a traumatic event
The Ministry of Health has developed two resources with 1737 (the national mental health and addictions helpline number) to assist those in mental distress as a result of the traumatic event in Christchurch. The resources are available in Arabic and English.
Enabling Good Lives Q&A: How can we use EGL principles in our work now?
This month, we asked David from our children and youth team: How can we apply Enabling Good Lives (EGL) principles now? Read David’s insight.
We're now members of the Accessibility Tick Programme
We're proud to be the first organisation from the disability sector to join the Accessibility Tick Programme. Working with Access Advisors will help us become a more inclusive organisation sooner, and one that supports disabled people towards economic independence. Read the official statement from our CEO regarding this exciting journey of ours.
Tuhono ki marae: building pathways for Maori
Our new Tuhono ki Marae programme will mobilise more than 40 marae across Auckland to get to the heart of how we can support Maori with disabilities in their communities. This quarter, we're starting in South Auckland at Manurewa Marae
New referral form for professionals
Our new online referral form for GPs, specialists, teachers, social workers and other professionals is easy to use and fully accessible.
Find out your respite options in your community
Taking a break is essential in the overall health and wellbeing of your family. Here's a list of respite options for disabled people and their carers in Auckland.
Our festive season closure dates
Our office will close for the festive season from 5pm Friday 21 December and will reopen on Thursday 3 January.
While we're away for the holiday season, here's what you can do if you need support.
Celebrate International Disability Day and Tofa Mamao launch with us!
Come along and celebrate our awesome community and the launch of the Pacific collective we helped form with PIASS Trust: Tofa Mamao. It will be a fab night of performances, food, demos and more.
We're now available at Starship Hospital
Young patients receiving care at Starship and their families can now get onsite support from us. Find out more about our latest community presence work.
Upskilling for tomorrow: PATH and Map training
For the first time, a handful of our staff were joined by people with disabilities to learn about PATH and Map graphics facilitation--two unique tools that use images to draw out our clients' goals and show how they can come true.
South Korean welfare and disability officials visit Taikura
High level officials from Chungnam, South Korean dropped by last month to get a closer look at disability services in Auckland.
We are Taikura Trust
Three moms from different backgrounds tell us how we've touched their lives. We've partnered with Attitude Media to help us share real stories from real people. Watch our video.
A good life
“Dad wanted to raise our family in New Zealand because it's a safe place to live in,” says Michelle as she recalls the big move they made from Taiwan when she was 12-years-old. “And I was like, ‘sure!’”
The road home
Maxwell once joined the relentless stream of Aucklanders looking for an affordable place to rent. But he wasn’t searching for just any home. Maxwell had lived in residential services since he was five-years-old and was ready for greater independence.